Guest blog post by Nicky Quinton

Reading is an essential aspect of children’s education. Not all books are designed for kids, and you should be careful with your book choices. Here is a list of 15 books that all kids should read before they turn 12.

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  1. “Harry Potter” by J. K. Rowling

This series about the Boy Who Lived became a classic of children’s literature right after its publication in 1997. The novels about Harry Potter have been translated into 80 (!) languages. The story about the amazing adventures of three friends in the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry will win the heart of your child from the first pages

2. “Book of the Stars” by Erik L’Homme

This is another series about a boy who has a talent for magic, named Guillemot de Troil. The story takes place on the fantastic island of Ys. Guillemot and his friends fight with a mighty dark sorcerer. During their adventures, they learn more about real friendship, loyalty, courage, and love

3. “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The elegant fantasy created by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is an excellent literary work that amazes both children and adults. The story tells about the Little Prince, who travels around space and meets extravagant characters: a king, lamplighter, businessman, drunkard, and geographer. This book reveals the dramatic difference between the world of kids and adults.

4. Encyclopedias

For grown-ups, encyclopedias are sources of reliable information that we use for our studies. But a really small number of adults would read an encyclopedia just for fun. On the other hand, children are more curious about the world around them, and specially adapted encyclopedias will be not only useful, but also entertaining pieces of literature for them.

5. “The Hobbit, or There and Back Again” by J. R. R. Tolkien

While the famous novel “The Lord of the Rings” written by J. R. R. Tolkien might seem too dark and complex for kids, the story about Bilbo Baggins and his adventures is similar to fairy tales. Your kid will get to know the universe of Middle-earth, which is inhabited by humans, elves, gnomes, hobbits, and other races.

6. “35 Kilos of Hope” by Anna Gavalda

This is a story about a boy who doesn’t like school. It will help your child to understand that humanities and science aren’t the only fields where they can find their passion. Besides, the book will remind them about the importance of family love and support.

7. “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C. S. Lewis

This series might frighten your child with its volume (seven big novels), but it’ll certainly amaze him or her with its magical content. Seven books tell the stories that happen in the same world of Narnia, but with different heroes. C. S. Lewis will help your kids to notice magic even in ordinary things.

8. “Peter and Wendy” by J. M. Barrie 

This is the story of a boy who doesn’t want to grow up — your kids will certainly love this story. The island of Neverland is inhabited by fairies, lost boys, pirates, and Native Americans. Apparently, it creates perfect conditions for exciting adventures!

9. “Artemis Fowl” by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl is a genius boy who has become a criminal mastermind at the age of 12 years. At first sight, he doesn’t seem to be a role model for kids. However, when he meets the representatives of the fairy people, this boy learns about true friendship and loyalty.

10. “Arthur and the Invisibles” by Luc Besson

What if humankind isn’t the only race that inhabits our planet? That’s what little Arthur is going to find out! He and his friends, the Minimoys, will go to the dark and horrible city of Necropolis to find his lost grandfather and a stolen treasure.

11. “The Jungle Book” by Rudyard Kipling

This story created by Rudyard Kipling has become a basis for so many adaptations that it’s hard to believe that you’ve never heard of any. Movies, cartoons, and comics — all of these pieces originate from a book published in 1894. Although “The Jungle Book” is mostly about the animals, your children will learn about typical human archetypes from it in an entertaining form.

12. “Winnie-the-Pooh” by A. A. Milne

Winnie and his friends are a perfect example of real friendship for your children. Interesting and didactic stories about this teddy bear will grab the attention of young readers. You can also watch famous cartoons and enjoy them within the family circle.

13. “Alice in Wonderland” by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson

“Curiouser and curiouser!” That’s exactly how your child will feel while reading this amazing book. Although this novel wasn’t supposed to become a masterpiece of children’s literature, it became a beloved story the world over. You should read “Alice in Wonderland” together with your kid, as some phrases or situations might seem too complex for children.

14. “Wild Animals I Have Known” by Ernest Thompson Seton

Ernest Thompson Seton is one of the founding pioneers of the Boy Scouts of America. He certainly knew a lot about wildlife and also had a talent to share his stories in written form. The main heroes of his stories are animals. They aren’t magical, and they can’t speak. But the stories speak for them. “Wild Animals I Have Known” is a great way to rouse kids’ love for the environment and animals.

15. “Pippi Longstocking” by Astrid Lindgren

The humorous and bright books about Pippi Longstocking are filled with joy, optimism, and unstoppable imagination. This story will teach your kids about the value of individuality and self-belief.

Reading isn’t something that your kids have to do. Books should become their friends and help them to explore the world and human nature. Don’t make them read, but help them pick the books that they’ll enjoy!

About the author: Nicky Quinton is a professional writer and blogger. With more than 7 years of experience, she has collaborated on different educational projects. Nicky is writing a book that is going to see the light of day by the end of 2019.